About

Our Mission:

Legal Aid is a private not-for-profit organization that provides legal assistance and representation to low-income individuals and families of Tippecanoe County.

The Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County is a not-for-profit United Way agency that provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Tippecanoe County who cannot otherwise obtain an attorney. Legal Aid does not handle criminal matters or those cases involving fee-generating litigation. Examples of areas in which Legal Aid has provided assistance:  
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Child Support
  • Name Changes
  • Custody and Visitation Rights
  • Paternity
  • Divorce and Separation
  • DCS/CHINS (Children in Need of Services)
  • Landlord/Tenants
  • Mental Commitment Defense
  • Debt Collection and Contract Defense

History:

The Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County began serving the community in 1971 with a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. The idea for Legal Aid originated from area lawyers who found many Tippecanoe County residents unable to obtain a lawyer due to financial constraints.  In early 1994, Legal Aid moved from its Ferry Street building to a new location on Fifth Street in the Pearlman Building. In the early years, Legal Aid was led by several Executive Directors. However in 1986, Attorney Kenneth Weller was promoted to the position led the agency for over thirty years ending his term in 2016. The agency welcomed Attorney Amanda McIlwain to the Executive Director position in January 2017. She joins long time staff attorney, Michael Sum, and the rest of the Legal Aid support staff.

"Over Forty Years of Helping People Help Themselves"